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Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple to attend the Winter Special Olympics

Their Royal Highnesses the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg will attend the Winter Special Olympic Games in Austria. The games will occur from 14 – 25 March.

Prince Guillaume and Princess Stéphanie will be in Austria to attend the games from the 18th through the 20th of the month. They will be accompanied by Romain Schneider, Luxembourg’s Minister of Sports.

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess, with Schneider, will attend the Opening Ceremony on the 18th. They will also visit Schladming to support their country’s athletes in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing on 19 March. The next day they will visit the athletes who are competing in stick shooting in Graz.

Team Luxembourg consists of 24 athletes and nine coaches. Two members of the head of the delegation will also be there. They also have a  physiotherapist who will participate in cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, alpine skiing, and stick shooting.

The team has been preparing for the Special Olympic Games since last October including training in Bavaria, Germany, before the Christmas holiday. They will have a final week of preparation in Austria from the 18th through the 25th for a winter sports clinic according to Luxembourg’s Chronicle.

Both of Their Royal Highnesses are keen on sports. The Hereditary Grand Duke is known to enjoy football, tennis, skiing, swimming, and other water sports. The Hereditary Grand Duchess also enjoys skiing and swimming like her husband. They attended the 2012 London Olympic Games with other members of the Grand Ducal Family. Grand Duke Henri, Guillaume’s father, is a member of the International Olympic Committee and travelled to Brazil for the Olympic Games in the summer of 2016.

Guillaume and Stéphanie announced their engagement on 26 April 2012. They wed in a civil ceremony at Luxembourg City Hall on 19 October 2012. The next day, they married in a religious ceremony at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City.

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